In Paul Feig’s romantic comedy Last Christmas, jaded Londoner Kate (Emilia Clarke) notices a handsome stranger, Tom (Henry Golding), outside the Christmas-themed shop where she works. “Look up,” he tells her. She follows Tom’s gaze … and spots a peregrine falcon on a high ledge. However, she immediately cops an eyeful of bird shit – just as she later stumbles into a pile of rubbish while looking up at a delightful old shop sign. So far, so screwball. Critics have well and truly looked down on Tom’s whimsical, chin-lifting philosophy, branding it “naggingly repetitive”, “so very annoying” and “too hokey for anything but aspiring meteorologists”. But here’s the thing: people don’t look up. Recently, I managed to strain my neck and shoulder muscles by reading a magazine on the couch. Most of the ameliorative stretching exercises I found on YouTube blamed excessive desk work or smartphone use for such … [Read more...] about We spend so much time staring at our phones. What do we miss when we don’t look up?
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Send for Justine! Ed Miliband's wife to come out fighting for under-fire Labour leader at party conference in bid to woo voters Justine Thornton to make series of high profile appearances this monthLabour planners will use Brighton conference to launch her into public eyeEd Miliband faces rough ride over reforms to party links with the unions By Matt Chorley, MailOnline Political Editor Published: 10:13 GMT, 9 September 2013 | Updated: 16:38 GMT, 9 September 2013 e-mail 103 View Labour party bosses are to give Ed Miliband’s wife Justine a more high profile role in a bid to give her husband a popularity boost.The child actress-turned-barrister is expected to make a series of public appearances and speeches at the Labour party conference last this month to ‘humanise’ her husband.But the decision to use Ms Thornton on the political frontline will draw comparisons with failed attempts by Gordon Brown and Iain Duncan Smith to use their other halves to … [Read more...] about Send for Justine! Ed Miliband’s wife to come out fighting for under-fire Labour leader at party conference in bid to woo voters
Battle to the death of the BBC giants: Mark Thompson, Lord Patten point fingers at each other as trust members are summoned en masse for tense showdown in front of MPs over pay-off scandal Blame game rumbles on with all sides insisting they are not at faultRow centres on £949,000 severance payment to Mark Byford in 2010Ex-Director-General Thompson and Byford were friends and socialised Extra £500,000 for my friend was value for money, says ThompsonPatten: I was told Mark Byford's deal was standard and contractualHR boss told by committee chairman Hodge: 'I want no more lies'BBC1 boss got £500,000 after he couldn't be sacked for 'Crowngate'Crisis exposes BBC Trust's inability to protect licence fee moneyBy Matt Chorley, MailOnline Political Editor Published: 14:36 GMT, 9 September 2013 | Updated: 01:37 GMT, 10 September 2013 e-mail 424 View The bitter BBC civil war deepened today as Mark Thompson, Lord Patten and five other serving and former … [Read more...] about Battle to the death of the BBC giants: Mark Thompson, Lord Patten point fingers at each other as trust members are summoned en masse for tense showdown in front of MPs over pay-off scandal
A UNITED Airlines passenger refused to sit next to a 16-year-old girl on a plane "because she was black". The young woman was travelling with the airline to Jacksonville when the male passenger asked to be moved. Student Taylor Richardson explained what happened shortly after she boarded her flight at Denver Airport on November 15. The older man told cabin crew after she took her seat: "I don’t want to sit next to her [because] she is black." Taylor, who has been listed as Teen Vogue's "21 under 21" to watch, added that while the flight crew were "caught off guard" by his comment, they were "very kind and discrete" in the way they handled his request. They then moved him elsewhere on the plane.However, Taylor was praised for her calm response in dealing with the situation. She explained: "It could have been worse. I’m home, I’m safe and the truth is unless he changes and people like him change it won’t be my last encounter. I just continue to do me. "He’s … [Read more...] about White United Airlines passenger refused to sit next to girl, 16, because ‘she was black’